Oprah Winfrey: Celebrity Skin Care by Harold Lancer

by Jamie Sanford on May 18, 2011

Oprah Winfrey: Celebrity Skin Care by Harold Lancer

Oprah Winfrey’s dermatologist has come out with a line of skin care, available exclusively at Nordstrom. (Thanks to Refinery 29 for the original story.)

6 products are available, but currently, Nordstrom is offering 5 on their website.

Harold Lancer, Cleanse, $50 for 4 ounces.

Extremely Pure Cleanser is a gentle, light-foaming cleanser enriched with natural exfoliating enzymes, moisture-rich hydrators and skin-soothing agents.

Harold Lancer, Polish, $50 for 2 ounces.

Natural Sea Mineral Polish is a gentle skin-resurfacing polish containing a blend of natural sea minerals and exfoliating enzymes.

Harold Lancer, Nourish AM/PM Nourishment, $100 for 2 ounces.

AM/PM Nourishing Treatment is a potent anti-aging treatment super-charged with a multi-peptide complex and essential age-defying ingredients. AM/PM Nourishing Treatment restores skin firmness and visibly diminishes the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Harold Lancer, Vitamin C Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 30, $34 for 3.5 ounces.

Protect with antioxidant sunscreen. A hydrating micronized zinc oxide (Z-Cote) formulation that delivers ultra-broad SPF protection. It is essential to use SPF while using the Lancer Method.

Harold Lancer, Glycolic 10% Facial Cream, $50 for 1.6 ounces.

This hydrating cream uses the power of glycolic acid to smooth the skin. A rich pairing of ultra-pure crystalline glycolic acid and antioxidants.

I would love to try these out, but don’t think I can drop over $300 on the whole system.  Since they seem to all work together, I will have to wait for a review online.  However, I’m sure that Oprah Winfrey would not bother using products that don’t work, especially since we know she has the money for literally anything she wants.

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The Vampire Diaries

by Jamie Sanford on February 7, 2011

The 3 stars of The Vampire Diaries which airs on the CW on Thursday nights.

At this point, I try not to watch too many new shows because I don’t want to watch any more television than I already do.  However, in the fall of 2009, I recorded the first episode of a new show called The Vampire Diaries, because I am into Twilight and I’ll try out other vampire stuff.  (Surprisingly, I watched the first season of True Blood and wasn’t super into it.)

Here’s the trailer for the pilot episode of the show:

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It gets so much better than that.

The best part about getting sucked into The Vampire Diaries is that my Twilight-hating husband likes it too!  He started watching the show with me from behind his computer but soon enough, he was actually sitting on the couch, watching it with me.  This never happens but with this show, you need to watch.  They don’t mess around, every episode has big things happening.  There are no “throwaway” episodes here.  Plus, the major trio of characters (well, there are 4 if you count that Nina Dobrev plays 2 characters) are all hot and the boys have their shirts off a lot.

Anyway, I would almost not recommend watching new episodes of this show.  I would say go get this DVD of Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries right now.

This DVD set of The Vampire Diaries, season 1, is available from Amazon for $38.99.

Season 2 won’t end until May, but if you really want to catch up after watching season 1, then you can watch episodes on demand from Amazon for $1.99 an episode.

Let these hotties draw you in to this show:

Are you already watching this show? If not, have I piqued your interest?

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Helen Mirren: Celebrity Product Pick

by Jamie Sanford on January 18, 2011

Did everyone watch the Golden Globes this weekend?  I was more excited this year as Trent Reznor won his first Golden Globe! I’ve been a serious fan of his since I was much younger and I’m thrilled for his current success with co-composing the score for The Social Network.

Anyway, the red carpet was a great time as well, there was so much fabulous fashion! One person I didn’t see on television during red carpet coverage but who I loved on the show was Helen Mirren.  She always looks fabulous!


This is Helen Mirren at the 2007 Oscars.

This is Dame Helen Mirren at the 2010 Oscars – still looking sexy and fabulous.

Here is a photo from the Golden Globe Awards, earlier this week.  Helen looks more fabulous when you see her side by side with the runway model in the dress in this post on Red Carpet Fashion Awards.

Anyway, I’m a big fan of Helen – I don’t think I’m alone in that, a lot of people seem excited about the fact that she remains so sexy and gorgeous and she is 65!

Helen Mirren appeared in last month’s “On My Mind” feature in In Style magazine, and discussed her love of stripper heels, her desire to work with Quentin Tarantino and finally, her discovery of a Revlon product called Just Bitten.

I am not aware of this product and haven’t tried it but I definitely will pick it up now.  That applicator looks like it would be really easy to use, and Helen insists that the color sticks around for quite a while.

The Helen Mirren pick, Revlon Just Bitten lip stain, is available in multiple colors for $7.69 from Amazon.

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Get Lost in front of the television

by Jamie Sanford on July 5, 2010

Since it is brutally hot in my neck of the woods this weekend and I’ve been hiding out at home, I thought it was a good time to present items that would make for a good day in front of the television!

Now that Lost is over, I think I might actually watch it, since I never got into it while it was on.  However, from what I understand of it, Lost fans will be all over these items.

Lost: The Complete Collection DVD Box Set. Including one full disc of never-before-seen content, special edition collectible Senet game as seen in Season 6, custom LOST island replica, exclusive episode guide, collectible ankh, black light, plus all episodes and 30+ hours of bonus from Seasons 1-6.

The box set is available from Amazon for $148.99.

To go along with the DVDs is the Lost Encyclopedia.  Touted as the complete guide to everything, everyone, etc in the Lost universe, it is available on Amazon for $29.70.

Both items are available for pre-order and will be released in August. Go on, get Lost!

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Jamie as Mythbuster!

by Jamie Sanford on June 3, 2010

Not the actual Jamie who is a Mythbuster, me, busting the Mythbusters!

I am a huge Mythbusters fan, and just the other day, my husband and I left a lighter in the car because we had seen Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage leave lighters in hot cars and they didn’t explode or anything.

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A lighter can explode on a car dashboard.


The lighter was put in a toaster oven to simulate the maximum temperature that the interior of a car can reach, around 180 degrees Fahrenheit. There was no reaction for several hours, and the lighter finally exploded when the MythBusters ramped the temperature up to over 350 degrees Fahrenheit, well above any temperature that can be expected in the interior of a car.

Today, I left a lighter sitting in my car, in the cupholder in the center console.  I went into work around 8:55 and came out around 5:30, and large and small chunks of exploded lighter all over the 2 front seats!

As you can see, pieces were scattered on the passenger seat, the top was near the pedals, and there were 2 sizable pieces on the dashboard.  There are still little bits of blue plastic in my car.

Here are all of the pieces laid out on the hood–

I think I’ve found a bit of a flaw in those results from the show (I’m sure I’m not the first), and I think I know why, based on other knowledge about pressure that I’ve obtained from (you guessed it) watching Mythbusters.   In the car on the way home, I thought about the recent episode where Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara were testing the myth that a gas tank can turn into a rocket.

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If the propane tank on a barbecue grill is exposed to fire, it can rupture explosively and propel itself 150 feet (46 m) into the air.


The Build Team constructed a shed to California building code, placed a grill (with a full tank) inside, and stocked it with wood and charcoal to ensure a long and hot fire. When they ignited the shed, the pressure relief valve on the propane tank eventually opened and vented the gas. For all subsequent trials, Grant disabled the valve on every tank. The second trial involved a tank placed directly on a propane-fired burner; this time, the tank exploded and threw shrapnel up to 300 feet (91 m) in all directions. In a third test, the team bored a hole partway through the tank’s base to simulate an old tank that had partially rusted through, and saw it peel itself apart from the bottom up. Reasoning that the tank might need to have some vapor space in order to launch, they repeated the test with a partially filled tank and got it to fly 60 feet (18 m) into the air.

The team declared the myth plausible at this point, then continued working in an attempt to get a higher flight. Tory built a launch guide and set up a 9 mm pistol to fire upward into the base of the tank as it sat on the burner, creating an instant nozzle. With the fire going and the tank about to burst, the team triggered the pistol and the resulting blast sent the tank into a high, spinning trajectory – enough to convince them that a propane tank could become a rocket under the right conditions.

It occurred to me that I don’t remember Adam and Jamie testing lighters that weren’t new, and therefore not completely full of lighter fluid.  Less propane in the gas tank myth resulted in more space for pressure buildup and so the resulting explosion was more eventful.  I am going out on a limb and thinking that the same thing happened in the car today with my 50% or less full plastic lighter.  The pressure buildup was greater and so there was actually a chance for a real explosion of said lighter!

I am married to a scientist, and so naturally we discussed the other possible factors at play, wear and tear on the lighter, design, manufacturing of this single item, etc.  Of course it could have been flawed in a way that made the situation much more likely.  Even with that in mind, my geekiness was in full effect today when I found evidence of an explosion in my car.

(Edit – Also wanted to clarify that I listened to the Mythbusters and didn’t purposely try this at home.)

Do you watch Mythbusters? Isn’t it amazing? Do you have any wacky explosion stories?

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